Dean Hanafin
  • Business Law, Criminal Law, Employment Law
  • Connecticut
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Attorney Dean Hanafin started his legal career as a prosecutor with the Office of the State’s Attorney where he handled criminal matters ranging from misdemeanors to serious felony cases. He was responsible for a significant daily docket, in addition to hearings and trial work. He tried numerous cases to verdict and developed his trial skills from significant time spent in the courtroom. In addition to training on trial tactics, Attorney Hanafin also received training on technological advancements that impact evidence in cases, including cell phone technology and current laws as they apply to drone use.

After moving on from his role as a prosecutor, Attorney Hanafin joined an established civil litigation law firm in Hartford, Connecticut where he worked alongside veteran attorneys and support staff. There, he continued to hone his courtroom skills in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and general civil litigation.

Attorney Hanafin’s litigation practice at Aeton includes criminal defense, business litigation, employment law, and insurance law. His criminal practice provides pre-arrest counseling during investigations, in-court representation, and trial defense. His case experience includes larceny, embezzlement, fraud, other financial crimes, assault, drug offenses—including possession and trafficking—and serious motor vehicle cases. His business litigation work includes oppression of shareholder rights, breach of fiduciary duty, dissolution cases, breach of contract, and unfair trade practices.

Attorney Hanafin’s business and transactional practice at Aeton includes advising and assisting start-up and established companies in corporate formation, contract drafting, and general counsel services. Additionally, Attorney Hanafin provides advisement and counseling to companies on permitting, licensing, leasing, business planning, and the funding of operations.

Practice Areas
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Employment Law
Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
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  • English
Professional Experience
Aeton Law Partners LLP
- Current
Fazzano & Tomasiewicz
Special Deputy Assistant State's Attorney
Division of Criminal Justice
Student Attorney
Roger Williams University School of Law Criminal Defense Clinic
Certified Legal Intern
Office of the State's Attorney
Roger Williams University School of Law
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Sacred Heart University
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Cali Award for Excellence-Civil Remedies, Criminal Defense, & White Collar Crime
Roger Williams University School of Law
Pro Bono Award
Roger Williams School of Law
Professional Associations
Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
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Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
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State Bar of Connecticut
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Websites & Blogs
Dean Hanafin's Website Profile
Connecticut Business Litigation
Contact & Map
101 Centerpoint Dr
Middletown, CT 06457
Telephone: (860) 724-2160
Fax: (860) 724-2161
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